Guideline C problems in Your SOR: What Does That Mean?

If you received a Statement of Reasons (SOR), you are pretty down in the dumps. Your security clearance is at risk of being denied or revoked. When you receive a Statement of Reasons, they will let you know exactly what is bothering them about giving you your security clearance. There are 13 different Guidelines. The Department of Defense (DOD) divided up their problems with your life into 13 neat categories all labeled with a letter. One of those problems fits in a category called Guideline C.

What do Guideline C Concerns Mean?

It means that the DOD is concerned you may prefer another country over America. I know it is hard to believe that any country is favorable to USA, but use your imagination. The DOD’s Guideline C concerns are that you will prefer a foreign country so much that your decision making will be compromised.

What Raises Guideline C Concerns? (H3)

  • having dual citizenship;
  • Exercising said citizenship by participating in their military, accepting benefits from them, holding office there, or voting in a foreign election;
  • Residing in a foreign country to gain citizenship;
  • Protecting your business or finances through a foreign country;
  • Trying to get foreign citizenship in any way;
  • Any statement or action that shows foreign preference;

What can I do about it if the DOD raises Guideline C issues?
In addition to calling a well-trained Security Clearance attorney, like those at the Edmunds Law firm, you can mitigate the allegations.

“How can I mitigate my dual citizenship?” you ask. You can show that the only reason you have it was because of your parent’s citizenship or because you were born in a foreign country. You could denounce your foreign citizenship. You could destroy your foreign passport. I mean, how bad do you want this clearance?

“How can I mitigate my exercise of foreign citizenship?” you ask. You might show that all that foreign nonsense took place before you became a US citizen or when you were a kid. If possible, it would be great if the US Government encouraged you to vote in the foreign election.

If Guideline C concerns are getting you down, don’t delay, call EDMUNDS LAW FIRM today and get the help you need before your security clearance gets revoked or denied.

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What should I do if I am confused by the SF-86?

Being confused by the SF-86 (Standard Form 86) happens. It is a 17 page document, filled with minutia. To top it all off you just want to be done with the barrage of questions being hurled at you. Filling it out correctly means the difference between getting your security clearance and being denied and possibly sacrificing your career. The best thing to do if you are confused by the SF-86 is to call an attorney who specializes in security clearance law, like those at the Edmunds Law Firm. Going at that form on your own is taking your livelihood into your own hands. But okay…you want to give it a go let me give you some help.

What, specifically, shouldn’t I do if I am confused by the SF-86?

Don’t just start filling in blanks without reading the directions thoroughly.
Don’t put down answers because you think that is what the government wants to hear.
Don’t skip questions.

Okay…now you know what you shouldn’t do….

What, specifically, should I do if I am confused by the SF-86?

Provide additional information! When you are filling out a form like the SF-86, it is easy to think it is like a Scantron. You can only write the answers in the spaces provided, but that is just not the case. In addition to the “additional space” provided at the very end for questions 11, 12, and 13, you can always add your own paper. That’s right folks, you can add more paper to this lengthy form.

What should you write to explain, “I am confused by the SF-86?”

Take an additional piece of paper at note the question. Then, in narrative form, explain why you are confused or uncertain. Explain how you see the question being asked and how you interpreted it.

Better than that is to be proactive. Ask someone who knows a great deal about the SF-86 and who isn’t confused by it one bit. Ask for help from an attorney, like those at the Edmunds Law Firm.

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When Do I Need A Security Clearance Lawyer?

Do not wait! Do not wait! Do not wait to get a security clearance lawyer! Can I make it any clearer? When you need security clearance, the process starts with you being asked to fill out a Standard Form 86 (SF86). If you are on this site, you may have already seen this ungodly document. It is seventeen pages long and it is going to ask you about every aspect of your life. If my livelihood depended upon this one seventeen page document, you know what I would do? Get a security clearance lawyer.

Why do I need a Security Clearance lawyer?

First off they are going to instruct you on some basics of filling out the forms. These are kindergarten level; yet, many miss step and fail at this simple task.

  1. Complete your SR86 accurately.
  2. Complete your SR86 fully.
  3. Complete your SR86 truthfully.

Even at this basic level, having a security clearance lawyer there to read over your SR86 is invaluable to your accuracy, your completeness, and your honesty. The problem is that you don’t want to read this monster carefully. You just want it to be done. You just want this entire investigation to be done. Your security clearance lawyer has read t his document more times than they would like to admit and knows it inside and out. They can help you.

What happens if I don’t get a security clearance lawyer up front?

Sometimes nothing happens. However, if you mess up, even once, and don’t provide enough information or don’t state information in a particular way, you are going to wind up having to defend a Statement of Reasons (SOR). To be honest, you may have to anyway…lawyers aren’t gods…even though they would like to think so sometimes. That SOR lists reasons why you should have gotten a security clearance lawyer in the first place. They are reasons why your security clearance is not going through.  Don’t wait until you are handed your SOR, do the right thing, protect your livelihood to the best of your ability, and hire a good, seasoned security clearance lawyer to assist you in your SF86. The attorneys at Edmunds Law Firm fit that bill!

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Department of Defense Statement of Reasons: What are they looking for?

If you are trying to get a security clearance with the Department of Defense and you received a Department of Defense Statement of Reasons, you need legal help, immediately. Up front, you don’t want to go at this alone. We, at the Edmunds Law Firm, know this. We know about the Department of Defense Statement of Reasons we know what you are going through and we know what the Department of Defense is looking for.

Your Department of Defense Statement of Reasons, listed guidelines that were of concern. They may be financial problems, they may be psychological problems, it may be that you have a girlfriend or boyfriend trying to get their citizenship. It may be a big issue, it may be, in your eyes, minuscule. Regardless the Department of Defense Statement of Reasons must be dealt with and a response constructed.

What are they looking for in my Department of Defense Statement of Reasons?

When you receive the list of issues and the guidelines that these life events fall into, the Department of Defense adjudicator is going to look into and consider some factors. What are they, you ask?

  1. The nature, extent, and seriousness of the conduct;
  2. The circumstances surrounding the conduct, including your knowing participation;
  3. How often and how recent the conduct happened;
  4. Your age and maturity at the time of the conduct;
  5. Whether or not your participation was voluntary;
  6. Whether you were rehabilitated or made permanent life changes;
  7. Your motivation behind the conduct;
  8. The potential for you being pressured, coerced, or put under duress;
  9. Whether or not the conduct is likely to recur;

In your response to the Department of Defense Statement of Reasons, you need to address each conduct issue with these factors in mind. That is why it is so important to have adequate representation. They can look at your issues with a rational eye. They can present a case to the Department of Defense that may be hard for you to see because you are embroiled in the mess of having your life put under the microscope. Don’t go at this alone. If you receive a Department of Defense Statement of Reasons, call Edmunds Law Firm today and get the help you need.

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Appeal for a Security Clearance – Illegal Drug Use

OCT 10, 2014

The Edmunds Law Firm received Notice of a favorable decision on an Administrative Security Clearance Hearing that was tried by Attorney Alan Edmunds for the Firm. Attorney Edmunds has a global reputation for success in helping both civilian and military clients who have received notice of a denied National Security Clearance. The Edmunds Law Firm has offices coast to coast and appears in formal security clearance hearings in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

This case involved a woman who was denied for using marijuana on 2 occasions, and also used marijuana while possessing a security clearance.

The case was very aggressively fought by the gov’t atty. Mr. Edmunds introduced evidence and called witnesses showing that the concerns of the gov’t were mitigated. This was a case that Mr. Edmunds was proud to have been involved with because of the outstanding work performance of his client and her
sincere testimony in court.

If you have an Appeal for a Security Clearance matter call Mr. Edmunds. His experience and record of success is an important advantage ! Call 800 481 2526

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Formal Hearing at DOHA


The Edmunds Law Firm received another favorable decision following a Formal Hearing at DOHA in a national security clearance matter. Attorney Alan Edmunds handled this contested Hearing. The case involved over 16 debts that the applicant had that arose from a difficult period in his life. Attorney Edmunds introduced evidence including numerous documents and testimony which the judge found to be sufficient to mitigate the gov’t concerns.

This case was special due to the large number of debts! Attorney Alan Edmunds had a strategy for the clients dilemma of passed due debts. The Hearing was very contested and the gov’t attorney was very aggressive in their cross examination of the applicant. The case is posted on the DOHA web site for your review.

Mr. Edmunds has often been referred to as “The Best Security Clearance Attorney” in the Country by clients. There is no question Mr Edmunds fights hard for his clients. If you need help or have questions call Attorney Alan Edmunds at 800 481 2526

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Response To Statement of Reasons

The Edmunds Law Firm is this country’s leading provider for Responses to Statement of Reasons (SOR) on a national level. Attorney Edmunds appears across the country and posts his case victories on the law firm web sites for client review.

The Response to Statement of Reasons is very important. The Edmunds Law Firm can win the clearance at this early stage and does on many occasions.  Visit our websites to review cases won with just the Response.

Attorney Edmunds is aggressive in saving careers and client employment.
His experience and knowledge makes the difference.  Call 800 481 2526

Recent Favorable Decisions

Security Clearance
Department of the Navy: Response to Statement of Reasons
Guideline F
June 10, 2013

Applicant, an honorably discharged Navy veteran and loyal United States Citizen, was issued a Statement of Reasons due to serious financial considerations including bankruptcy, past due payments, collections and judgments totaling in the tens of thousands of dollars. The Edmunds Law Firm, through a written response to the Statement of Reasons, mitigated the government’s concerns with Applicant’s financial considerations by proving the financial debts were caused by circumstances outside Applicant’s control. The favorable decision resulted in the Applicant’s security clearance being reinstated.

Security Clearance
DOHA: Reapplication Brief
Guidelines D and E
June 3, 2013

Applicant was issued a Statement of Reasons for government’s concerns regarding his sexual behavior and personal conduct. For six years, Applicant viewed adult pornographic material on government computers while working for a government agency. When Applicant’s security clearance revocation was upheld after a hearing, attorney Alan Edmunds of the Edmund’s Law Firm successfully mitigated the government’s concerns in a reapplication brief. The favorable decision provided Applicant with Top Secret security clearance eligibility.

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Number One DOHA Lawyer

Clients from around the world rely on Attorney Alan V. Edmunds with The Edmunds Law Firm for cases that involve security clearances. Attorney Edmunds is the #1 lawyer in the DOHA system  on a national basis.  His team of professionals travel around the globe helping both active duty and civilian clients from all types of industries.

Mr. Edmunds, frequently called, the DOHA lawyer, can make a huge difference in the outcome of your case.

Services include: SF86 preparation, polygraph preparation, Responses to SOR, formal hearings and appeals.  If you want the #1 team in the country on your side, call The Edmunds Law Firm at 1-800-481-2526.

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Hard Fought DOHA Hearing

There are some cases that stand out because of their facts . I recently received notice of another VICTORY resulting from a formal DOHA Hearing held in Arlington, VA.  The case is memorable because my client was an Active duty MAJ in the Air Force. He had been dating and living with a woman from Japan. She actually worked with the gov’t in Japan.

The case was litigated aggressively and testimony, evidence and military records were all introduced by me into evidence. This was a Foreign Influence case – Guideline B under   under DoD 5220.6  – I love these cases !!  I build my reputation on my courtroom battles !

My client did well on the witness stand and our Trial Notebook was fantastic.  Our evidence in mitigation was accepted by the court and the judge agreed with my closing arguments. Another career was saved and my client received new orders to an important assignment.

My law firm, The Edmunds Law Firm, helps active duty deployed around the globe. WE know issues of military members relative to applications for a National Security Clearance.. Call me anytime with your questions, 800 481 2526 or visit

Your career is important – don’t trust it to an inexperienced lawyer !! I have over 25 years of experience and travel the globe for my clients.

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Top Secret Security Clearance

There are three levels of Security Clearance, with the highest level being Top Secret Security Clearance. Secret Clearance and Confidential Clearance are the other levels of security clearance. To be eligible for a US security clearance you have to be a United States citizen.

Individuals holding top secret security clearance usually have access to secret information that can potentially cause great damage to the US national security if it was released without prior authorization. This security clearance level needs to be re-investigated once at every five years when the individual will submit an updated security package and another background investigation will be conducted.

A top secret security clearance allows a person filling a specific job position to have access to classified national security information up to top secret clearance so long as the person has a need to know the information.

Security Clearance ApplicationsVarious reasons exist for if someone will be issued a top secret security clearance. The most important factors in an investigation are the key aspects of the individual’s life, individual’s character, the completion of their security clearance forms, especially Standard Form 86 (SF86), the Questionnaire for National Security Positions.

If you are denied a security clearance, or your eligibility to have access to top secret information is revoked, you will be notified a “Statement of Reasons” and be provided with the procedures for filing an security clearance appeal. This is good time to contact a proven security clearance denial lawyer that can help.

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